Glamour and Glitz with the Star of the Day
Photographed and filmed during spring time in the most important bird migration spot in Canada – the Point Pelee National Park.
Dan pointed us in the right direction in identifying this bird as a Lady Amherst Pheasant – please see his observations in the Comments section. Corrections have been made throughout the post.
Although it was a day scheduled for birdsong photography, strong and cold winds kept their activity to a minimum – at least on the Point Pelee tip where this story unfolds.
From early morning, birders and photographers were pouring in with high hopes, just to leave in a hurry to more protected areas of the park. No bird songs could be heard that morning, just the sound of crashing waves.
That is when a female Lady Amherst Pheasant made her appearance on the tip. She was grazing in the woods unafraid of the people around. And for the next hour, a trail of photographers formed and followed her every move – the bird paparazzi. Considering she was the only bird attraction of that morning, you could say she was the star of the day.
Lady Amherst Pheasant Female Portrait – Canon 1Ds Mark II with 500 mm F4 lens
Flirting with the cameras – Video of the Lady Amherst Pheasant
The video shows the Pheasant female grazing on the Point Pelee tip, during spring migration, and completely unafraid of the deluge of shutters and flashes. You can hear the waves in the background, as we ran into the pheasant only a few meters from the tip's east shore. Throughout the video she searches the ground for plant seeds and insects and from time to time calls for a potential male. She moves around and between the trails – you can see in one instance how she traverses a trail in a hurry, just a few feet from a photographer. Although at times she takes advantage of the park trails, she doesn’t linger and quickly blends into the vegetation. In the last minutes of the video, to the surprise of everybody around, she climbs a perch perfectly positioned for a portrait session. There, she relaxes, preens and simply allows everybody enjoy her glamour. Beautiful.
Movie duration: 6:48, filmed with Canon XH-A1 in HDV 1080i
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